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Wide Open Island Living

The kitchen and bath in this LEED Platinum home in Hawaii feature water-efficient fixtures and healthy, low-maintenance finishes.


THE WA'AHILA RIDGE custom Craftsman home, designed by Hawaii-based Archipelago Hawaii and built by MOKULUA HPB, marries design with building science in a truly collaborative process. Completed in 2013, it is one of the only LEED Platinum-certified homes in the state and has achieved a HERS rating of 15.

The single-story home was conceived so the owners could remain in the home as they age. The design maximizes views with an open, airy floorplan. Cross-ventilation was created in all the living spaces; large eave details and covered lanais provide ample natural cooling to the home. Clerestory venting windows upstairs and a whole-house fan over the kitchen area keep the hot air out.

The centrally located open kitchen functions as a gathering place, but its relationship to the outdoors was equlally important. A pass-through window connects the kitchen to a covered lanai. The home features Energy Star appliances, WaterSense-qualified plumbing fixtures, and 80 percent LED lighting; compact fluorescents were used for the other fixtures. Many of the green features are hidden behind the walls, including green-labeled framing lumber, Ecobatt insulation, and TechSheild roofing insulation.


Finishes and materials contribute to indoor air quality, including FSC-certified engineered flooring, CARB-complaint cabinetry and no-VOC paint from Benjamin Moore. MiraTEC recycled lumber was used for all finish trim throughout the home.  


Despite the million-dollar views, the construction cost came in at less than $250 per square foot.